Yates impressed with training efforts after scouting mission

Crawley Town in pre-season training. Picture by James Boardman SUS-151207-103940001
Crawley Town in pre-season training. Picture by James Boardman SUS-151207-103940001

Crawley Town boss Mark Yates has said he was impressed with his side’s showing in training today after being away scouting for much of this week.

Reds have been under the watchful eye of assistant manager Jimmy Dack after Luke Rooney’s goal gave them a last-gasp winner at Exeter last weekend.

Yates received good reports from his right-hand man all week, before getting back to Ardingly College today himself to witness his players battle the elements.

But despite the inclement weather, the Crawley boss admits his side are working like players ‘chomping at the bit’.

Yates said: “It was the first time I have seen them today, Jimmy has had them for a couple of days, I have been watching games and back up in the midlands and up north looking at a few players that I wanted to keep an eye on.

“Jimmy says they have trained really well and we have been speaking every few hours anyway and they have worked hard.

“There is always a good spirit about them, we are in a good run of form at the minute and they are great group to work with.

“They are a real conscious group that get on with their work whether I am here or not, like I say, my time was spent watching three or four games.

“I can have that impact later in the week, I’ve had a really good day today. I watched them work towards what we want Saturday and there is a real good spirit at atmosphere amongst them.”

On if the weather has effected their training, Yates added: “Ardingly is brilliant and they do a fantastic job for us with the pictures, but it’s so wet where we have had so much rain in such a short space of time, anywhere is struggling.

“They trained really good this morning and I was really impressed. Like they have done for the past six or eight weeks in particular.

“Their attitude has been spot on and it always has been, but when you are getting results as well, and we are starting to, everything is just that little bit smoother.

“People are chomping at the bit to get in the team and trying their hardest to make sure that shirt theirs and that’s what I want to see and you could see that in training.”

Reds were hoping to add a new loan signing this week, but it will now not happen after a problem with paperwork.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1 Make this website your homepage

2 Like our Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Sport-Sussex

3 Follow us on Twitter @SportSussex

4 Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!